Travel Agents For Africa
- Using the services of travel agents for Africa is good advice when embarking on an African hunting trip. They should have extensive experience of African tours and routing clients to and within Africa.
- The very best advice, however, is to use a travel agent who specialises in African hunting safaris. Not only will they have accurate knowledge about the firearm documentation required and airline regulations, they will be able to get firearm permits on your behalf where appropriate. They will select appropriate international and domestic routing with airlines that are firearm 'friendly' or at least, do actually carry firearms.
Things To Check With Your Travel Agent For Africa
You would be well advised to learn a thing or two about travelling to Africa before contacting a travel agent, especially in case you get an inexperienced one. Watch out for travel agents that try to sell you inappropriate travel insurance or insist on you using their visa service when you don't need a visa prior to travel.
Also be aware that you will be charged a fee to re-schedule any of your flights, so get the dates and times absolutely right. Visit airline websites to look at the flight schedules yourself.
- Make sure you book a domestic African flight that is appropriate for starting your hunt on time and being met by your PH. Prior liaison with your hunt outfitter or PH about your flight schedule is a good idea. You may need to arrive on a certain flight, for example, so he may meet you conveniently and get you to camp or your hotel before dark.
- When your agent books a domestic flight within Africa, there is often a choice of several flight times. Be advised to make reservations which give plenty of time leeway with the arrival and departure of your international flight. Don't take the last flight of the day from a domestic destination in case it is cancelled and you are stuck with no further departures that day and consequently you may miss the international flight. If in doubt and the schedule looks too tight for comfort, break the journey and overnight in the city.
- If you need to take an onward domestic flight in Africa, ask your travel agent to double-check that the domestic airline will actually carry firearms and whether your destination airport will handle those firearms. In South Africa, for example, some domestic airports do not have the specially licensed staff to handle firearms.
- A good international travel agent should also be able to offer a convenient visa service.
- Make sure you keep the contact details of your Africa travel consultant while travelling, so you can give him/her a call if you need help like rescheduling a flight, for instance. Good travel agents will have an 'Emergency Number' for you to contact if there is a problem.
US Travel Agents For African Hunting Clients
This rare breed of US travel companies are worth their weight in gold for African hunters. Regular high street travel companies and specialist African photographic safari agents (especially those in the UK) will probably be aghast when you mention hunting and firearms and you will probably have to talk them through the booking.
- Travel With Guns
Contact: Steve Turner
335 Edgevale Drive, San Antonio, Texas 78229-4204
Toll Free: 1-866-427-7166
- African Odyssey
Toll Free Tel: 1-866-486-9351
Phone Toll free 1-866-486-9351
- Areva Travel
Contact: Annelise DuBose
P.O. Box 1077, Boerne, TX 78006
Toll Free: 877-215-4761
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